Lilac Pate de Verre Bowl in Iron Basket, c. 1920-1940 traditional-serving-utensils

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September 16, 2012

Lilac Pate de Verre Bowl in Iron Basket, c. 1920-1940

This medium-sized French Art Deco lilac-colored p226;te de verre bowl rests in an iron basket. A braided handle and upper rim and four dimpled discs comprise the basket that rests on four ball feet. Bowl does not separate from basket. From France. 7.25Dia. x 7T. Historical BackgroundThough p226;te de verre originated in Mesopotamia and p226;te de verre pieces graced even the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, this unique method of coloring glass and crystal was lost for centuries before its rediscovery in France during the late 1800s. P226;te de verre, or paste of glass, is a unique method of coloring glass or crystal that displays a luminous, organic quality in its intense coloration. The technique allows for designs of greater complexity and more natural color transition than typical colored glass. Art Deco is the name given to the decorating style period during 1925-1939. The name comes from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes exhibition in Paris in 1925. The style is characterized by geometric shapes, bold curves, and jaunty angles.

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